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Holmes Beach Sunset?

Thursday afternoon, we headed to Holmes Beach for a carryout dinner on the beach while watching the sunset. As we got to the beach, a big dark storm cloud came up and then proceeded to rain forcing us to enjoy dinner in the car. Afterwards, we toured around Anna Maria Island ending back at Holmes beach for the view of a partial sunset framed with the the life guard tower. In post processing I softened the image slightly to give it a more mystical feel.


Dry Gulch Cowboy

Johnson Photo Imaging occasionally takes photographers to the pseudo western movie set called Dry Gulch. Cowboys and cattle have played a significant role in the history of Florida and part of Florida’s past could be as “Western” as Texas. This image was captured at dusk as we were ending the day’s photo shoot and I thought it symbolized the “Olde Florida.”

Dry Gulch, Eastern Manatee County


Blazing a Trail

Late one afternoon, I was looking to photograph a subject that didn’t involve people but implied action. I decided to photograph cars driving on the Manatee Avenue Causeway headed to Anna Maria Island just after sunset when the sky was blazing with color. I wanted to capture the cars’ tail lights seemingly Blazing a Trail to the island.

Technical Spec: ISO 400, 38mm, f11 at 5 seconds

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End of the Day.

Continuing the reminiscence of the annual family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard that was not to be this year. This image was captured on a previous visit where everyone enjoyed Lobster Rolls and wine on the beach at sunset. A great way to end the day, the week and a vacation.

Lambert’s Cove, Martha’s Vineyard


Illumination Night

Every summer, The Martha’s Vineyard’s “Campgrounds Association” hosts an Illumination Night, generally on the third Wednesday of August, where most of the 300 cottages decorate with lanterns and other lighting displays. It signals the approaching end of Summer and the Town of Oak Bluffs has a fireworks display on Friday night. This celebration was first held in 1869. This year, of course, there is no Illumination Night and no fireworks because the event attracts thousands of visitors many who come just for the day, which is just a 35 minute ferry ride from the mainland. The image is a sample of the one of the decorated cottages.

This Cottage is Named “GreenUp”


Martha’s Vineyard

Every year at this time we typically gather the family together for a week or two weeks on Martha’s Vineyard. This year it’ s not going to happen and Martha’s Vineyard is almost devoid of tourists, which would actually be a good time to go. In 1835 a Methodist minister started camp meetings during the summer months. First it was tents and by the early 1860’s it had evolved into small cottages. Today, the Martha’s Vineyard Campground Meeting Association is a private non-denominational association with about 300 small privately owned cottages on leased land. This image is an example of the type of housing you are likely to see in The Campgrounds.

Typical Campground Cottages in 2019


Rolling Power

Here are three BNSF locomotives just outside Bozeman, Montana late on a September afternoon. This image was captured on my cellphone while traveling parallel to the locomotives on the Interstate. In full disclosure this is a Luminar post-processed image with its sky replacement feature. I needed a sky that would provide a background highlighting the colors in the locomotives.



This is the image of a spiral staircase captured while lying flat on the floor and looking up. It is somewhat an optical illusion because you have the impression that you are looking from the top to the bottom. There is a clue, the absence of steps.